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River Cruises

River cruises are similar to guided tours in that the itineraries are prearranged and your accommodations, meals, transportation and sightseeing are included for one attractive price. However, instead of traveling via motorcoach between stops and staying in hotels, you'll cruise on a well-appointed ship that docks in towns along major waterways. Note that some trips also feature hotel stays before or after the cruise.

On board, you’ll unpack only once, as your stateroom will be your home for the duration of the cruise. When traveling from each place to the next, enjoy magnificent views from the ship and take advantage of the vessel’s modern amenities. When you disembark, you’ll have convenient access to all the must-see attractions. Plus, a professional tour or cruise director will be on hand to help make your experience enriching and worry-free.

While river cruises are highly inclusive in general, the number and quality of included features vary based on the rating that we provide for each vacation listed on this site.

Limited-Time Offers on River Cruises!
  • Trafalgar: Save up to 13% off trips. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires May 31. Click here.
  • Insight: Save up to 18% off trips. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires May 31. Click here.
  • G Adventure: Save up to 25% off tours. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires May 31. Click here.
  • Globus: Save $700 per couple off tours. Prices shown reflect discount. Click here.
  • Costsaver: Save up to 14% off trips. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires May 31. Click here.
  • Lux Gold: Save $200 per couple off trips. Prices shown reflect discount. Click here.
  • Trafalgar: Save up to $3,000 per couple off tours. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires May 30. Click here.
  • Emerald: Save up to 76% on river cruises. Prices shown reflect discounts. Expires June 2. Click here.
  • Scenic: Save up to 603% on river cruises. Prices shown reflect discounts. Expires June 2. Click here.
  • Trafalgar: Save $200 per couple off trips. Prices shown reflect discount. Click here.
  • Avalon: Sail-abrate Flash Sale! Receive free prepaid gratuities on select cruises. Expires May 27. Click here.
  • Intrepid: Save up to 10% off trips. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires May 31. Click here.
  • Insight: Save up to $1,800 per couple off tours. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires May 30. Click here.
  • Trafalgar: Save up to $400 per couple off airfare on vacations. Expires May 30. Click here.
  • CroisiEurope: Save up to 50% off cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires May 24. Click here.
  • Gate 1: Save $800 per couple on 2025 Danube River cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires May 31. Click here.
  • Avalon: Save up to $2,400 per couple off the cruise price of Europe sailings, plus fly from $599 per person from select gateways. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires May 28. Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: Save up to $3,000 per couple on river cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Click here.
  • Viking: Fly for free from select gateways, plus get reduced cruise fares. Prices shown reflect the cruise discounts. Also pay a reduced deposit of only $25 per person. Expires May 31. Click here.
  • CroisiEurope: Save 15% off 2025 cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Click here.
  • ACL: Fly for free from select gateways on certain river cruises. Expires May 26. Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: Save up to 20% off the cruise price of 2026 departures. Prices shown reflect discount. Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: Receive reduced airfare on cruises! Fly from $899 per person from select gateways on Europe cruises. Click here.
  • ACL: Receive a free $150 per couple onboard credit on all sailings. Click here.
  • ACL: Save up to $4,000 per couple off select cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires May 26. Click here.
  • Avalon: Receive free prepaid gratuities on Active & Discovery cruises (a value of up to $878 per couple depending on the itinerary). This is combinable with most offers. Click here.
  • Uniworld: Limited-Time Sale! Save 50% on select sailings. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires May 31. Click here.
  • Collette: Save up to $400 per couple off tours. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires May 31. Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: Save $2,000 per couple off 2025 holiday cruises in select cabin categories. Plus, receive a FREE one-category stateroom upgrade in certain cabin categories and a $100 per stateroom onboard credit. Click here.
  • Avalon: Save up to $2,000 per couple off cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: Add one pre- or post-cruise tour package to a Mekong sailing and your companion gets the tour package for FREE. Click here.
  • Uniworld: Save 10% off 2025 river cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires May 31. Click here.
  • Viking: America's River Sale! Fly for free from select gateways on Mississippi River cruises, plus receive reduced rates and a free stateroom upgrade in certain cabin categories. Expires May 31. Click here.
  • Gate 1: Reduced airfare from select gateways is included in the price of certain tours. Click here.
  • Riviera: Solo travelers pay no single supplement in certain cabin categories on select cruises. Click here.
  • ACL: Receive free shore excursions on select cruises. Click here.
  • Lux Gold: Club Bon Voyage Discount! Past guests of Luxury Gold save an additional 5% off select vacations. Prices shown reflect discount. Click here.
  • Riviera: Single supplement waived in all cabin categories on special sailings dedicated to solo travelers. Click here.
  • Insight: Save up to $400 per couple off airfare on vacations. Expires May 30. Click here.
  • Lux Gold: Save up to $400 per couple off airfare on vacations. Expires May 30. Click here.
  • Uniworld: Save up to $6,000 per couple on a wide selection of 2024 sailings. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires May 31. Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: Save $4,000 per couple off select Grand Danube departures. Plus, receive a FREE one-category stateroom upgrade in certain cabin categories and a $100 per stateroom onboard credit. Click here.
  • Riviera: Save up to $1,150 per couple on cruises when you book certain cabin categories. Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: Receive a FREE pre- or post-cruise tour package on select cruises. Click here.
  • Viking: Bon Voyage Offer! Book an additional Viking river or ocean cruise within the 14 days prior to departure of an existing booking and receive extra savings of up to $2,000 per couple and a bonus onboard credit of $200 per couple on the new booking. Click here.
  • Avalon: Fly for free from select gateways, plus save $500 per couple off the cruise price of Europe sailings. Prices shown reflect the cruise discount. Expires May 28. Click here.
  • Disney: Travelers ages 11 and under save up to $800 per person off river cruises. Click here.
  • Viking: Enjoy discounted cruise fares on river cruises. Prices shown reflect the cruise discounts. Plus, enjoy greatly reduced airfare from select gateways and pay a reduced deposit of only $25 per person. Expires May 31. Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: Save $2,000 per couple off summer sailings. Plus, receive a FREE one-category stateroom upgrade in certain cabin categories and a $50 per stateroom onboard credit. Click here.
  • Avalon: Travel with Avalon Waterways and receive a Welcome Back Credit of $100 to $250 per person after your trip. The credit can be applied toward a subsequent trip with Avalon or its sister brands Globus and Cosmos. Click here.
  • Emerald: Travel with Emerald and receive a Welcome Home credit of $200 to $300 per person after your trip. The credit can be applied toward a subsequent Emerald cruise . Click here.
  • Globus: Travel with Globus and receive a Welcome Back Credit of $100 to $250 per person after your trip. The credit can be applied toward a subsequent trip with Globus or its sister brands Cosmos, Avalon Waterways and Monograms. Click here.
  • Scenic: Travel with Scenic and receive a Thank You credit of $200 to $300 per person after your trip. The credit can be applied toward a subsequent Scenic cruise . Click here.
Offers are subject to change or withdrawal at any time. Some discounts are not combinable with other promotions.

Below is a complete list of ships that sail the world's rivers and canals. Click any ship name for details.

Company Ship Name Year Built Refurbished Passengers
AmaWaterways AmaBella 2010 -- 162
AmaCello 2008 -- 148
AmaCerto 2012 -- 164
AmaDahlia 2021 -- 68
AmaDante 2008 -- 148
AmaDara 2015 -- 124
AmaDolce 2009 -- 148
AmaDouro 2019 -- 102
AmaKristina 2017 -- 158
AmaLea 2018 -- 158
AmaLilia 2024 -- 72
AmaLucia 2021 -- 158
AmaLyra 2009 -- 148
AmaMagdalena 2024 -- 60
AmaMagna 2019 -- 196
AmaMelodia 2024 -- 64
AmaMora 2019 -- 156
AmaPrima 2013 -- 164
AmaReina 2014 -- 164
AmaSerena 2015 -- 164
AmaSiena 2020 -- 158
AmaSonata 2014 -- 164
AmaStella 2016 -- 158
AmaVenita 2015 -- 164
AmaVerde 2011 -- 161
AmaVida 2013 -- 106
AmaViola 2016 -- 156
Zambezi Queen 2009 -- 28
American Cruise Lines American Constellation 2017 -- 163
American Constitution 2018 -- 175
American Eagle 2023 -- 100
American Harmony 2019 -- 190
American Heritage 2015 -- 150
American Jazz 2020 -- 190
American Liberty 2024 -- 100
American Melody 2021 -- 175
American Pride 2012 -- 150
American Serenade 2023 -- 180
American Song 2018 -- 190
American Spirit 2005 -- 100
American Splendor 2016 2022 185
American Star 2007 -- 100
American Symphony 2022 -- 175
American West 1995 2010 120
Independence 2010 -- 104
Avalon Waterways Avalon Alegria 2024 -- 102
Avalon Artistry II 2013 -- 128
Avalon Envision 2019 -- 166
Avalon Expression 2013 -- 166
Avalon Illumination 2014 -- 164
Avalon Imagery II 2016 -- 128
Avalon Impression 2014 -- 166
Avalon Panorama 2011 -- 166
Avalon Passion 2016 -- 166
Avalon Poetry II 2014 -- 128
Avalon Saigon 2018 -- 36
Avalon Tapestry II 2015 -- 128
Avalon Tranquility II 2015 -- 128
Avalon View 2020 -- 166
Avalon Vista 2012 -- 166
Delfin III 2015 -- 44
MS Farah 2011 -- 120
Treasure of Galapagos 2009 2017 16
CroisiEurope Jeanine 2013 -- 24
MS Amalia Rodrigues 2019 -- 132
MS Beethoven 2004 2010 180
MS Botticelli 2004 -- 151
MS Camargue 1995 2006 104
MS Cyrano de Bergerac 2013 -- 174
Ms Déborah 2016 -- 24
MS Douce France 1997 2011 160
MS Elbe Princesse 2016 -- 80
MS Elbe Princesse II 2018 -- 79
MS France 2001 -- 159
MS Gérard Schmitter 2012 -- 176
MS Gil Eanes 2015 -- 132
MS Infante don Henrique 2003 -- 142
MS L'Europe 2006 -- 180
MS La Belle de Cadix 2005 2010 176
MS La Boheme 1995 2011 162
MS Lafayette 2014 -- 84
MS Leonardo Da Vinci 2003 2011 144
MS Loire Princesse 2015 -- 96
MS Michelangelo 2000 2011 158
MS Miguel Torga 2016 -- 132
MS Mistral 1999 2007 158
MS Modigliani 2001 -- 160
MS Mona Lisa 2000 2010 100
MS Monet 1999 2007 154
MS Raymonde 2014 -- 24
MS Renoir 1999 2011 158
MS Rhone Princess 2001 2011 138
MS Seine Princess 2002 2010 138
MS Symphonie 1997 2017 162
MS Van Gogh 1999 2007 158
MS Vasco de Gama 2002 2009 142
MS Victor Hugo 2000 2010 98
MS Vivaldi 2009 -- 176
RV Indochine 2008 -- 48
RV Indochine II 2016 -- 60
Emerald Cruises Emerald Azzurra 2022 -- 100
Emerald Dawn 2015 -- 182
Emerald Destiny 2017 -- 182
Emerald Harmony 2019 -- 84
Emerald Liberté 2017 -- 138
Emerald Luna 2021 -- 180
Emerald Radiance 2017 -- 112
Emerald Sakara 2023 -- 100
Emerald Sky 2014 -- 182
Emerald Star 2014 -- 182
Emerald Sun 2015 -- 182
Gate 1 Travel Celestyal Olympia 1982 2005 1,664
Ganges Voyager 2015 -- 56
MS Douro Cruiser 2005 2016 130
MS Fridtjof Nansen 2020 -- 530
MS Monarch Baroness 2007 -- 146
MS Monarch Countess 2010 -- 136
MS Monarch Empress 2016 -- 144
MS Monarch Princess 2009 -- 138
MS Monarch Queen 2016 -- 146
MS Queen of Hansa 2000 2017 136
MS Roald Amundsen 2019 -- 530
MV Galapagos Legend 2001 2007 100
MV Stella Australis 2010 -- 210
Victoria Mekong 2019 -- 70
Riviera River Cruises MS Douro Elegance 2017 -- 126
MS Douro Splendour 2018 -- 126
MS Emily Bronte 2017 -- 169
MS Geoffrey Chaucer 2020 -- 176
MS George Eliot 2019 -- 132
MS Jane Austen 2015 -- 140
MS Lord Byron 2013 -- 140
MS Oscar Wilde 2017 -- 169
MS Porto Mirante 2024 -- 120
MS Riviera Radiance 2025 -- 178
MS Riviera Rose 2025 -- 114
MS Thomas Hardy 2017 -- 169
MS William Shakespeare 2014 -- 142
MS William Wordsworth 2018 -- 169
Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours MS Scenic Amber 2016 -- 169
MS Scenic Azure 2016 -- 96
MS Scenic Crystal 2012 2013 169
MS Scenic Diamond 2009 2013 169
MS Scenic Gem 2014 -- 128
MS Scenic Jade 2014 -- 169
MS Scenic Jasper 2015 -- 169
MS Scenic Jewel 2013 -- 169
MS Scenic Opal 2015 -- 169
MS Scenic Pearl 2010 2013 159
MS Scenic Ruby 2009 2013 169
MS Scenic Sapphire 2008 2013 169
MS Scenic Spirit 2016 -- 68
Scenic Eclipse 2019 -- 228
Scenic Eclipse II 2020 -- 228
Sun Boat III 1993 -- 36
Tauck Isabela II 1979 1988 40
L'Austral 2011 -- 264
Le Bellot 2020 -- 184
Le Boreal 2010 -- 264
Le Bougainville 2019 -- 184
Le Champlain 2018 -- 184
Le Dumont d'Urville 2019 -- 184
Le Lyrial 2015 -- 264
Le Soleal 2013 -- 264
MS Andorinha 2020 -- 84
MS Emerald 2006 2017 116
MS Esprit 2014 -- 98
MS Grace 2016 -- 130
MS Inspire 2014 -- 130
MS Joy 2016 -- 130
MS Sapphire 2002 2017 118
MS Savor 2014 2020 130
MS Treasures 2011 2018 118
Oberoi Philae 1996 -- 116
Oberoi Zahra 2007 -- 1
Silver Muse 2017 -- 596
Silver Origin 2020 -- 100
Silver Shadow 2000 2017 392
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises Aria Amazon 2010 -- 32
Ganges Voyager II 2016 -- 56
Mekong Jewel 2020 -- 68
River Duchess 2003 2012 130
River Princess 2001 2011 128
River Queen 1999 2010 128
River Tosca 2009 -- 82
S.S. Antoinette 2011 -- 152
S.S. Beatrice 2009 2018 152
S.S. Bon Voyage 2006 2019 124
S.S. Catherine 2014 -- 159
S.S. Elisabeth 2017 -- 110
S.S. Joie de Vivre 2017 -- 128
S.S. La Venezia 2003 2020 130
S.S. Maria Theresa 2015 -- 150
S.S. Sao Gabriel 2020 -- 100
S.S. Sphinx 2020 -- 84
S.S. Victoria 2017 -- 110
Viking River Cruises MS Antares 2019 -- 62
Viking Astrild 2015 -- 98
Viking Aton 2023 -- 82
Viking Beyla 2015 -- 98
Viking Fjorgyn 2021 -- 168
Viking Hathor 2024 -- 82
Viking Helgrim 2019 -- 106
Viking Hemming 2014 -- 106
Viking Kari 2020 -- 168
Viking Longship Aegir 2012 -- 190
Viking Longship Alruna 2016 -- 190
Viking Longship Alsvin 2014 -- 190
Viking Longship Atla 2013 -- 190
Viking Longship Baldur 2013 -- 190
Viking Longship Bragi 2013 -- 190
Viking Longship Buri 2014 -- 190
Viking Longship Delling 2014 -- 190
Viking Longship Egdir 2022 -- 190
Viking Longship Egil 2016 -- 190
Viking Longship Einar 2019 -- 190
Viking Longship Eir 2015 -- 190
Viking Longship Embla 2012 -- 190
Viking Longship Forseti 2013 -- 190
Viking Longship Freya 2012 -- 190
Viking Longship Gefjon 2015 -- 190
Viking Longship Gersemi 2020 -- 190
Viking Longship Gullveig 2014 -- 190
Viking Longship Gymir 2022 -- 190
Viking Longship Heimdal 2014 -- 190
Viking Longship Herja 2017 -- 190
Viking Longship Hermod 2014 -- 190
Viking Longship Hervor 2020 -- 190
Viking Longship Hild 2017 -- 190
Viking Longship Hlin 2014 -- 190
Viking Longship Idi 2014 -- 190
Viking Longship Idun 2012 -- 190
Viking Longship Ingvi 2014 -- 190
Viking Longship Jarl 2013 -- 190
Viking Longship Kadlin 2016 -- 190
Viking Longship Kara 2014 -- 190
Viking Longship Kvasir 2014 -- 190
Viking Longship Lif 2014 -- 190
Viking Longship Lofn 2015 -- 190
Viking Longship Magni 2013 -- 190
Viking Longship Mani 2015 -- 190
Viking Longship Mimir 2015 -- 190
Viking Longship Modi 2015 -- 190
Viking Longship Rinda 2013 -- 190
Viking Longship Rolf 2016 -- 190
Viking Longship Sigrun 2019 -- 190
Viking Longship Sigyn 2019 -- 190
Viking Longship Skadi 2013 -- 190
Viking Longship Skirnir 2015 -- 190
Viking Longship Tialfi 2016 -- 190
Viking Longship Tir 2019 -- 190
Viking Longship Tor 2013 -- 190
Viking Longship Ullur 2018 -- 190
Viking Longship Var 2013 -- 190
Viking Longship Ve 2015 -- 190
Viking Longship Vidar 2015 -- 190
Viking Longship Vilhjalm 2016 -- 190
Viking Longship Vili 2015 -- 190
Viking Mississippi 2022 -- 386
Viking Osfrid 2016 -- 106
Viking Osiris 2020 -- 82
Viking Ra 2008 2017 48
Viking Radgrid 2020 -- 168
Viking Saigon 2021 -- 80
Viking Skaga 2020 -- 168
Viking Sobek 2026 -- 82
Viking Tonle 2025 -- 80
Viking Torgil 2014 -- 106
Abercrombie & Kent Aria Amazon 2010 -- 32
La Pinta 1983 2007 48
Le Bougainville 2019 -- 184
Le Lyrial 2015 -- 264
Mekong Princess 2015 -- 24
Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer 1994 2008 124
Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau 2010 -- 12
Sun Boat IV 1996 -- 80
Adventures by Disney AmaLea 2018 -- 158
AmaLucia 2021 -- 158
AmaLyra 2009 -- 148
AmaSiena 2020 -- 158
AmaViola 2016 -- 156
Le Bougainville 2019 -- 184
Alexander+Roberts Aria Amazon 2010 -- 32
Historia 2021 -- 96
La Pinta 1983 2007 48
MY Tucano 2002 -- 18
Oberoi Philae 1996 -- 116
Oberoi Zahra 2007 -- 1
Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer 1994 2008 124
Collette Celestyal Olympia 1982 2005 1,664
MS Charles Dickens 2015 -- 140
Royal Lily 2007 -- 120
Cosmos Celestyal Olympia 1982 2005 1,664
Koningsdam 2016 2018 2,650
MV Galapagos Legend 2001 2007 100
Nieuw Amsterdam 2010 2017 2,106
Noordam 2006 2019 1,972
Volendam 1999 2019 1,432
Zaandam 2000 2018 1,432
G Adventures MV La Amatista 1998 -- 31
Globus Celestyal Olympia 1982 2005 1,664
MV Galapagos Legend 2001 2007 100
Nieuw Amsterdam 2010 2017 2,106
Noordam 2006 2019 1,972
Royal Lily 2007 -- 120
Trollfjord 2002 2023 500
Volendam 1999 2019 1,432
Zaandam 2000 2018 1,432
Intrepid Travel Ocean Adventurer 1975 1998 128
Ocean Explorer 2024 -- 138
Ultramarine 2020 -- 199
Luxury Gold River Tosca 2009 -- 82
Natural Habitat Adventures Delfin II 2009 -- 28
National Geographic Endurance 2021 -- 138
National Geographic Explorer 1982 2009 148
National Geographic Orion 2003 2013 102
National Geographic Quest 2017 -- 100
National Geographic Resolution 2021 -- 138
National Geographic Venture 2018 -- 100
Trafalgar MS Sapphire 2002 2017 118
MV Galapagos Legend 2001 2007 100